May 26, 2024

Looking forward to Sunday

from Parish Associate, Dave Henry

This Sunday is part of Memorial Day weekend, and we honor those who lost their lives while defending our nation. For us as Christians, this Sunday is also Trinity Sunday, the day on which we ponder the reality that we know God in three "persons" - Father (Creator), Son (Jesus, our Redeemer) and Holy Spirit (Comforter and Guide). As we gather together to worship our Triune God- at 8:45 and 11:00 am - I will read two Old Testament scripture texts to focus our attention on the "work" of God - Creator, Redeemer and Comforter. You may want to read Genesis 3:1-13 and Psalm 139:1-16 prior to worship. 

Trinity Sunday gives us the opportunity to praise God for giving us life, for redeeming our lives, and for guiding our lives. But beyond our words of praise, I want us to contemplate what difference it makes in our lives that God created us (and all humans) in God's image. I want us to ponder what difference it makes in our lives that God came to earth in Jesus and lived an earthly life. I want us to examine what difference it makes in our lives that God's Spirit is with us always, as our comforter, encourager and guide. It is not enough to know what we believe; we must also be guided by and live out our beliefs (faith) in our daily journey of life. I invite you to join us as we are challenged by the word of God on this Trinity Sunday! 

Rumple's Pastor, Kathy Beach, is on a three month sabbatical. She will return to the office on Monday, July 29. If you have a pastoral care concern please contact Dave Henry or Stephanie Hankins or this week's elder on call: Mike Mayfield.

Please take a look at what Pastor Kathy has been up to: Kathy's sabbatical blog 2024

Please keep in your prayers: Jim Ruff; Rene Cuthill, at Watauga Medical Center; Leslie Novilla; Sam Reep; Molly Bowden; Suzanne, daughter of Mary and Steve Hendrick; Mary Ann Baggstrom’s sister, Connie; Leslie Novilla’s brother, Denny; Sarah Settlemyer’s friend, Theresa; Bill Hall; Barbara Leon’s former pastor, Jackie; Sherry Wilson’s mom, Jean; Cullie Tarleton; Walt Baggstrom’s brother, Bob; Charles Coley; Betty Coffey; Marion Stadler; Sylvia Kiker; Lynn Henderson’s mother, Frances; Lucy Aldridge; Linda Jerger.

Click here to view the church calendar.  

JOIN RUMPLE FOR Sunday morning worship May 26th at 8:45 and. 11 a.m. in the sanctuary or live on our webpage or YouTube channel. Bulletins are available on the church website. Know that each Sunday our worship service is livestreamed. If you are feeling under the weather, you are encouraged to stay home and worship online for the health and safety of others. All previous online worship services can be found on YouTube.

Two Summer Worship Services starts this Sunday, May 26th at 8:45 am and 11am.

We need more volunteers for Time with Children! Make a difference and share your knowledge of scripture with the children of our church. This is a great intergenerational opportunity for our children, but we need volunteers to continue to make it happen. If you're interested, please reach out to Lindsey Eaton.

Parking is at a premium in Blowing Rock in the summer months! In order to be sure there is plenty of space for visitors and guests, and while construction is going on, please consider attending the 8:45 service this summer and only driving one vehicle per household to Rumple each Sunday.

Lemonade on the Lawn Join Rumple after 11 am worship service for lemonade on the lawn on June 2, June 16, July 7, and July 21.

Join local musicians (the ones who played at Rumple in April) for informal bluegrass music on Rumple's front lawn every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., weather permitting

Going Solo Together

An invitation to those who live alone to engage in fellowship together.

Farm Café Lunch in Boone, NC 11:30 a.m Thursday, May 30th 2024. Carpooling will be available. Lunch Cost is on your own and Congregational Care will be making a $50 donation to help feed others. If you would like to make an additional donation, it would be greatly appreciated. We hope to have a member from Farm Café’s leadership team to share their story with us. Contact Annie Tarbutton for more information.

Congregational Care Card Day will be on Tuesday, May 28th at 10:30. We would love to have you join us for fun and stimulating card games, good food, and fellowship. We meet the last Tuesday of each month with Betty Womack as our “card instructor!” A delicious lunch is provided and the cost is $8 per person.   Please RSVP by Sunday May 26th to Annie Tarbutton at 770-301-4127. We need a good count for card table set up and food!

Congrats to Andie Waugh, daughter of Lynne and Wes Waugh and sister to Gigi, graduated from NCSU (Go Pack!) on May 4 with a major in Spanish and a minor in Parks and Rec. She doesn’t know we added this but she graduated with a 4.0 GPA, Summa Cum Laude! While in college, Andie played Club Soccer as well as intramural soccer and volleyball, studied abroad in Spain her junior year, worked in Outdoor Adventures as a program assistant trip leader and climbing wall specialist, completed two environmental internships, and volunteered at the Mexican consulate in Raleigh. This summer, she is taking a road trip to Oregon, visiting several National Parks along the way and then taking a family trip to Ireland. She is currently looking for a position, hopefully at a National or State Park, that combines her Spanish skills and her love for the outdoors and concern for the environment. 

At 6 months old, Andie was baptized at Rumple Church and has enjoyed growing up in this church. She is very appreciative of all of you who have supported her and especially for the Rumple Jim Stuart Scholarship which helped tremendously over the last 4 years. Mike Steele and Jane Rogers were always there to cheer Andie on and make sure she received the scholarship funds each semester. Thank you to the Church Mouse Program for regularly keeping in touch and sending wonderful gifts. It really inspired Andie to have such special support and encouragement. Thank you, Rumple Church! What a difference you’ve made in the life of a young person.

Reading Buddies

Boone United Methodist Church is looking for reading buddies to help with their summer reading program for children from kindergarten to second grade. You can sign up for a half hour or full hour time slot according to your schedule. Materials and instruction are provided when you arrive. The dates reading buddies are needed are: June 25-26. July 2-3, 9-10, 16-17. Please go here to volunteer.

Hunger and Health Coalition Volunteers Needed! During the summer, Health and Hunger Coalition needs lots of volunteer help! Volunteering with them can be Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. More information about volunteering can be found at They ask that you schedule volunteer days with them. At that link is also our volunteer form for people to fill out to schedule volunteering! 

Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry To assist the construction crews getting in and out of the building, we have eliminated the two shopping carts by the back door. We are now using a large tub with a lid for all food donations. The tub is marked Blowing Rock Cares and is located at the top of the ramp near the rear door. If you are leaving a food donation, please make sure the lid is secured to the tub. Also, as we look forward to summer and students being out of school all day, we are trying to add easy to microwave breakfast and lunches for kids at home all day. The following is a list of items that would work for that purpose: Instant Oatmeal, Cereal, Peanut Butter and Jelly

Chef Boyardee, Hormel, or Dinty Moore Microwavable bowls, Microwavable Mac and Cheese, Canned Beanee Weenee, Microwavable Popcorn, Crackers. and Fruit cups.

Youth Trip to Kiawah Island Please pray for our youth and chaperones as they travel to Kiawah Island over Memorial Day Weekend. The Swartzels will host the youth as they enjoy a weekend filled with fun, fellowship, and service!

Men of Rumple

Are you interested in a Bible study or educational group for men? Click here to complete a very brief survey. The Adult Christian Education Committee met with a few members who thought that getting opinions of the congregation would help focus on what is wanted. This would focus on education--different but complementary to the men’s fellowship group that is forming. Copies of the survey are also in Rumple House or the sanctuary if you prefer a written copy. 

Vacation Bible School

VBS will be held at St. Mary of the Hills Monday through Thursday, June 17-20. It’ll begin at 9 am and end at noon Monday through Wednesday and will be held from 9 am to 1 pm on Thursday.

If you have any questions, reach out to Lindsey Eaton, Rumple’s Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries or Lindsey Herring, St. Mary’s Director of Christian Formation. 

Cannon Music Camp with Rumple's Bair Shagdaron, There is a great Summer opportunity for your high school age student to study music at the 2024 Cannon Music Camp, Appalachian State University (June 22-July 13, 2024). If you know of a high school student that is interested in studying piano, Bair Shagdaron, our pianist/organist, still has a few spots in his Cannon Music Camp piano studio. If you want more information you can contact Bair Shagdaron directly at one of the following email addresses:, or